Other Rural Crimes


Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste, from a bin bag of rubbish to larger quantities. It can:

  • Cause damage to the environment, costing landowners, businesses and tax payers millions every year
  • Pose a threat to humans and wildlife
  • Spoil our enjoyment of the countryside
  • Undermine legitimate waste businesses
  • Result in declining property prices
  • Cause local businesses to suffer as people stay away

Remember as a landowner you are responsible for removal of waste on your land by a licensed waste carrier.

Be vigilant:

  • If you find fly-tipped waste on your land, suspect illegal waste carriers or see fly-tipping in progress, you can report this to your local council. Find out how to contact your local council here
  • If you give waste to anyone, ensure they are authorised to carry it. Obtain a receipt detailing where the waste is going, vehicle details and the carrier’s authorisation number – this is a legal obligation if you are in business, but is good practice if you are a private householder
  • The Environment Agency has the statutory responsibility to investigate the larger scale fly tipping incidences where the waste may pose a serious risk to the environment and where the activity is linked to organised crime

Drug dealing and cannabis cultivation

Cannabis farms bring crime, violence and intimidation into a neighbourhood.  

What should you look out for?

  • A strong, sickly smell given off by cannabis plants
  • Lighting and ventilation equipment being taken into a house
  • Constantly covered or blacked out windows
  • Comings and goings at all hours
  • Strong and constant lighting day and night
  • High levels of heat and condensation
  • Constant buzz of ventilation
  • Lots of power cables

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